Authentic Assessment

Authentic Assessment, as you can imagine, means assessing learning by having students do something real, as opposed to a more traditional testing approach.

Sometimes it is not feasible to have completely authentic assessment for time, financial or safety reasons. For example, if your students are learning about putting out forest fires, you can’t very likely set a forest on fire to give them an authentic experience of trying to contain it. However, it is a good goal to try to be as authentic as possible in your learning experiences, including assessment.